Gabby Giffords may be a Democrat, but she also is an Arizonian and brain injury survivor. Her husband, Mark Kelly, is a former astronaut who presumptively knows many fellow astronauts who have had a brain injury from their travel. Politically, they differ from Senator McCain. However, as fellow Arizonians, his friend and his former colleague, she and her husband have expressed their hope for McCain’s recovery.
Kelly expressed the importance of maintaining a positive outlook, just as McCain did during his 5+ years detained as a prison-of-war during the Vietnam War. Giffords tweeted, “You’re tough! You can beat this. Fight, fight, fight! I am proud to call you my friend.”